The Definition of the Aim of the Integral Yoga

The Integral Yoga differs from many other spiritual paths in terms of the ultimate goal it propounds. There has been traditionally a very heavy emphasis on individual liberation from the bondage of the chain of cause and effect, and the escape from the outer world of illusion to a reality which is unmoving, infinite and absolute.

Sri Aurobindo sets forth his own criteria for the path of the Integral Yoga: “This is the entire definition of the aim of integral Yoga; it is the rendering in personal experience of the truth which universal Nature has hidden in herself and which she travails to discover. It is the conversion of the human soul into the divine soul and of natural life into divine living.”

To achieve this aim, the seeker must find the way past the limitations of the egoistic consciousness, and identify himself with the Supreme. “To see, know, become and fulfil this One in our inner selves and in all our outer nature, was always the secret goal and becomes now the conscious purpose of our embodied existence. To be conscious of him in all parts of our being and equally in all that the dividing mind sees as outside our being, is the consummation of the individual consciousness. To be possessed by him and possess him in ourselves and in all things is the term of all empire and mastery. To enjoy him in all experiences of passivity and activity, of peace and of power, of unity and of difference is the happiness with the Jiva, the individual soul manifested in the world, is obscurely seeking.”

Sri Aurobindo, The Synthesis of Yoga, Part One: The Yoga of Divine Works, Chapter 1, The Four Aids, pp. 56-57